Everything you could possibly desire in retirement is within easy
reach from VMRC!
For information about what’s nearby—as well as a town-wide calendar of upcoming events—visit the official Harrisonburg Tourism.
For information about Downtown Harrisonburg in particular, and all its activities and accolades, visit the official Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance website.
“Retirement” doesn’t mean retirement from fun and adventure! Quite the opposite!
VMRC is in the middle of everything—the best of Harrisonburg and the best of Virginia!
In the mood for dining out? Shopping? Cultural and performing arts? Historical places? Sports participation or spectating? Moments with nature? Family fun when the grandkids visit? You’re in luck! Everything you could possibly want is nearby! If you want it, you can find it!
Look around and you’ll see we’re rich in natural beauty, history, and variety, with a perfect mix of city buzz and country calm.
We’re next-door neighbors to Eastern Mennonite University, with couldn’t-be-easier access to their wealth of educational, cultural, recreational, and performing arts events and resources that are open to the public. They generously share with us access to their outdoor and indoor tracks, library, tennis courts, and nature trail!
What else is nearby? Everything! Here are just some the attractions you’ll find if you ever decide to venture off our delightfully complete campus:
Nestled in Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley, VMRC is just minutes from the Shenandoah National Park and its protected wilderness, the rugged beauty of George Washington National Forest, and famously scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is also within Harrisonburg.Close
Living at VMRC gives you easy access to public golf courses, miniature golf, hiking and biking paths galore, and plenty of public parks and playgrounds for the grandkids—including the completely accessible, wheelchair-friendly “A Dream Come True” Playground. You’ll find every type of outdoor and indoor sport and recreational activity to suit every interest and ability.Close
Harrisonburg offers complete shopping choices—from national chains to one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique handcrafts by artisans, antiques dealers, bookstores, fresh-from-the-farm stands and markets, vineyards and breweries, and more. Vibrant Downtown Harrisonburg comprises 10 blocks of shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and portions of two National Historic Districts! A few of our many shopping venues include (click each to visit their official websites):Close
Right within Harrisonburg, without venturing past city limits, you’ll find an impressive range of fascinating museums—including one dedicated to preserving Virginia's quilting heritage, one featuring historic firefighting memorabilia, and one that’s chock-full of interactive, multi-sensory learning fun for children! Click on any or all of these museums to visit their official websites:
Eastern Mennonite University Hostetter Museum of Natural History
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg Children's Museum
Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum
Harrisonburg Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center in the Hardesty-Higgins House
Heritage Museum: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, one of the finest regional historical societies and museums in Virginia
James Madison University Mineral Museum
John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University—so state-of-the-art it’s the only one of its kind in the world!
Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center
Valley Turnpike Museum in the historic Hardesty-Higgins House
Virginia Quilt Museum, in the historic Warren-Sipe House
Fortunately for you, getting around isn’t a problem—even if you don’t drive: VMRC’s front door is right on the public bus and paratransit bus routes! We are also only 30 minutes away from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, and Washington, D.C., Baltimore and New York City are all just a few hours away by car or bus!Close